The Self-Worth Safari

The Self-Worth Safari : Valuing Your Life and Your Work

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In your career and work, finances, and indeed all areas of life, experience the transformative power of a key relationship--the friendship you have with yourself.

In a world obsessed with building self-esteem--doing activities to improve our reputation with ourselves--our sense of well-being hinges on performance, the whims of good luck and positive outcomes. But when we don't measure up to our own tough standards, things don't go our way or life falls apart, we are called to access a deeper source of resilience, that of self-worth. In The Self-Worth Safari, author, speaker and business coach John Niland invites us on a powerful adventure to uncover this intrinsic state of value, which is ultimately untouched by changing fortune.

Along the journey, seven self-worth shifts reorient our perspective. Through simple, practical actions, we train ourselves to step off the hamster wheel of self-esteem and onto the untrodden paths of self-worth. We move from a stance of self-reproach to self-acceptance; from constantly evaluating our performance to focusing on our usefulness to clients, customers and others; from a preoccupation with "being interesting" to finding interest in the people and circumstances around us. By applying these shifts through six key "terrains" of life--the body, relationships and family, career and work, money and status, friendship and environment and leisure--we develop a faithful ally in challenging times. We better rebound from setbacks, find new meaning in what we do and honour ourselves as a valuable member of any enterprise or team.

An adept, highly knowledgeable and often humorous guide, Niland offers stories from his own life and from previous Safari participants to illuminate self-worth in action. Drawing on more than eighteen years as a business coach, he provides a proven path to self-worth, on which we learn to build confidence, trust ourselves, and take a new lease on happiness and freedom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19mm | 417g
  • English
  • 20 Illustrations
  • 1527235483
  • 9781527235489
  • 384,082

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"John gets to the heart of the deep lack of worth that afflicts so many people, even those who are unaware of the affliction. As a CEO coach, I often work with leaders who feel a relentless need to prove themselves and gain external validation. They oscillate between soaring self-esteem when the going is good, and sinking imposter syndrome when something is not going to plan. The greatest leaders operate from an innate sense of self-worth which enable them to focus on making betting choices and being of service rather than on the flashy deals or grand moves which, at their roots, are really more about ego than value."
-- Georgina Woudstra, founder and lead trainer of Coach Executive Studio and coauthor of "Coaching Global Top Teams" in Leadership Coaching: Working with Leaders to Develop Elite Performance

"An inspiring read for anyone grappling with issues of confidence or self-esteem. What often holds people back is not skill or education or network, but their sense of self-worth. Filled with wisdom and practical tools, this is a timely read in today's world."
-- Kristin Engvig, founder and CEO of WIN and WINConference, a global platform for women's leadership since 1997

"John's deep insights about value have brought tangible rewards to our sales team: at least $4 million in the first three years. Self-worth enables sales professionals to achieve more."
-- Thomas Molnar, VP global sales, TOMRA Sorting Food

"Lord Chesterfield advised, 'A man had better overvalue than undervalue himself. . . . Whatever real merit you have, other people will discover; and people always magnify their own discoveries, as they lessen those of others.' In The Self-Worth Safari, John Niland beautifully expands on this sage advice. This is a compelling and action-oriented guide on learning to befriend and value oneself. Peppered with humor and story, this is a must-read for anyone struggling with how to value themselves or live up to their own expectations, creating a reputation with themselves of which they can be proud."
-- Ronald J. Baker, host of The Soul of Enterprise radio show and author of the bestselling Implementing Value Pricing: A Radical Business Model for Professional Firms

"The Self-Worth Safari shows you how to stop being a slave to your own self-doubt and anxiety, and ultimately discover more joy by becoming your own best friend."
-- Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1-bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"A fresh perspective on how self-worth is fundamental, at the core of every human being's ability to be impactful."
-- Monika Majvaldova, Head+Heart(R) Leadership, Prague, the Czech Republic's most established leadership program, running since 2007
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